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Arrest after cannabis factory discovered in Hatfield

18 Feb 2019
  • Officers discovered a cannabis factory in Hatfield on Thursday (February 14) following intelligence received and significant enquiries
  • The factory, in Errington Close, had more than 490 plants
  • A 21 year old man from London was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production

Officers acting on intelligence attended an address in Errington Close, Hatfield, on Thursday, February 14 to conduct enquiries.

On arrival, a cannabis factory was discovered inside the address with more than 490 plants.

A 21 year old man from London was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Two further people are being dealt with as suspected victims of human trafficking.

Detective Sergeant Christopher Ross, said: “We were acting on intelligence we had received that the address was being used to sell drugs.

“We would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this address.

“Cannabis factories use large amounts of water and electricity and these are often syphoned from other people’s supplies and can cause damage or fires to surrounding properties. Everyone needs to be alert to these types of factories which can be set up relatively quickly and may only be detectable by those living close by who may notice unusual behaviour by the occupants.”

If you have any information about the supply of drugs please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101 or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report. Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

You can look out for the following signs of cannabis being grown in your community:

  • A strong and sickly sweet smell
  • Lighting and ventilation equipment being taken into the house
  • Windows always covered or blocked off
  • People coming and going at all hours or neighbours you never see
  • Strong and constant lighting at all hours
  • High levels of condensation
  • Constant buzz of ventilation equipment
  • Lots of power cables around the property

Victims of slavery and exploitation are often hidden in plain sight. They are put to work in businesses, homes or other situations where most people would assume their rights are being respected.

As such it is vital that the public are aware that modern slavery does exist, what signs to look out for and where to report their concerns.

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To report concerns, get advice, or seek help, call the confidential UK Modern Slavery Helpline at 0800 012 1700 or visit the website

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